ALBRIGHT WARNS MANILA OVER ‘RULE OF LAW’
Manila, Philippines - Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright warned on Wednesday that ‘rule-of-law’ issues could harm investments in the Philippines after her nation and rights groups criticised President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.
The United States - along with the United Nations, the European Union and international watchdogs - has expressed concern about alleged extrajudicial killings and rights violations in the campaign.
Albright, who served under then-president Bill Clinton, was asked at a forum in Manila organised by ABS-CBN network about her advice to investors.
“One of the things that I think people need to understand in the Philippines is that investors do not want to go into a place where the rule of law is under question,” said Albright (80), who runs an eponymous private investment firm.
“Therefore government institutions and the rule of law are very important because despite the fact that investing in its nature is risky, it is better for countries themselves to make it less risky as possible,” she said, without directly commenting on Duterte’s policies.